February 10th, 2013


Damn…I’ve been off the grid for too long.
This post will be an attempt to summarize the tail end of 2012.
More importantly… give you an idea of what’s to come.

Let’s pick up where I left off, in Pemby.


A typical grocery run/walk into town.


When I first moved in and walked into the garage, these were the first things that caught my eye.
I quickly learned that skiing/snowboarding, & mtb (activities that were very foreign to me) was life here…The question is… what the hell was I doing in BC anyways?
Well an old friend and classmate Shane, hooked up a helper monkey position @ FYi.


FYi is a vertical design firm on the forefront of technical apparel.


From design, to patterning, to prototyping solutions… everything was done in house. I was fortunate enough to learn from the greats.


But those 2 months just blitzed by.


and I was on the road again.

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This time across the US of A.


First stop… Seattle to visit Javor! I haven’t seen her since ’05 i think.


Then to Matt & Mandy’s place in Portland.


After catching up with Matt, I was back on the road and beelined it to Utah where I got some needed rest.


As the next couple of days were packed with a few national park explorations. Bryce National Park.


Zion National Park… Yes it just keeps getting bigger and better.


Grand Canyon North Rim… all three parks left me speechless.


Forgot to mention the entire trip I was nursing downhill mtb injuries… So after the Grand Canyon.. I made every effort to get back home quick… Fresh scabs + unrelenting heat = not good… Finally made it to my cousins new home in Michigan!


Literally a week after I got home… there was record rainfall in Toronto and surrounding areas…
With my luck… I hydrolocked my motor two blocks away from my home… Two cross country treks with no problem… a small pond that formed on a side street…I had to pull the motor and tranny.

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September was wedding month… awesome to see three close friends tying the knot! Congratulations Cindy & Bri!


My sista from anotha motha… Krista & Sean.


Then straight to Boston for Sylvian & Porter’s Wedding…. That was an extremely busy month.

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Wait… One more!… Marris & Matt’s in November! Congratulations to all of you guys… Couldn’t be happier for y’all.


It was time for backyard beautification projects, starting with the deck.

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Followed by some interlock resetting…

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Finishing off with a shed build!!!

I’m sure there’s quite a bit I left out… But I will get to that with detailed posts!
Well there you have it… the last 4 months of my 2012 in a post.
Lots of exciting things coming in 2013! So stay tuned.

March 7th, 2012

Chop Shop | Suspension…

Finally get around to my suspension!

Just picked up my ball joint tool… So much easier.

Everything out.

Billys ready to go in.  The previous shocks were shot.  I now only bottom out under extreme circumstances.

Fronts done. Rears on the way.

Not much change in ride height. But firmed out the ride.

February 27th, 2012

Made | Front door threshold

The front foyer was lookin better.

Except when you opened the door.

The extruded plastic threshold took a beating from the contractors.

When they were removing the tiles… they used the threshold as a fulcrum for their pry bar… grrreat.

Of course that piece was so old there was no replacement.

So I ripped my own out of scrap leftover from the flooring.  Wooden extrusion ftw.

Close up of how everything pieced together.

February 16th, 2012

Renos | Fill, sand, prep, paint, repeat.

The cement was spread, that meant I had the Friday & weekend to paint the powder, laundry, and master bathrooms.

Which wasn’t the best way to spend 2 days.  But Soo necessary.  Powder room above.

The tilers arrive Friday morning to start.

Hats off to Patrick & Manuel, tiling is a tough art to master, and one I’ll definitely try.

Master bath. I guess there’s no way to pull an old vanity off i guess. ugh. look at zis shit.

Laundry room.

Laundry room continued: I’m not too sure what drove me to put a 9 teir shoe rack here, but there were holes, lots of holes.

Front view with everything removed, appliances take up so much space.

If you thought the master bath was bad after the vanity. Check out what the mirror did.

Starting to cut & paint.

At this point they’re 1/2 way done the Foyer.

How it worked for me was, when one room was getting sanded, one room was drying, or getting painted, or getting prepped. There was no such thing as downtime.

See what I mean. Fill and sand everything… at least 2x.

That enormous spackle patch was from years of splash off the utility sink.

After they finished I pretty much pulled an all nighter. But here it is. 12″x24″ brick steez.

February 15th, 2012

Renos | Tile

After my frantic rush screwing down the subfloor.

The contractor lays the wire mesh down and starts spreading the cement.

Powder room done. (Look at those walls)

Mstrbath done.

Navona Crema Marfil – 12″x24″porcelain tile… I like.

No entah.

February 14th, 2012

Sightings | Darning denim

Damn son… Gotta try this.

February 14th, 2012

Renos | Structure

Remember that giant hole I punched through?  Well that wall was load bearing. According to code, specific lengths of spans in openings needed adequate structure to support what was above it.

The hole I punched through was roughly 10′ in width.  Going on the safe side (aka overkill) of things,  I went with two 2×12″ beams  to span and support the length.  The crudely drawn diagram gives an idea of how things are put together.

Instead of what you saw in the diagram, Iended up running the packing studs (two 2×6″) all the way down the sides. It just made more sense to transfer the weight directly to the ground.

In order to do that with minimal demo, I opened up the sides to allow for the packing studs to slide in.

Here’s how the packing studs fit.  Holes were predrilled before hand to run the 14/2 wiring for the pot lights above.

Voila! no more studs!

Here’s a better look at the packing studs.  The slits in the drywall were from the sawsall… I had to cut the studs to accommodate two 2×4″ beams across. The drywall was such a hack job. I should have used a better tool.  A big thank you to How for helping me out with the beam.

February 13th, 2012

Renos | Hole in wall

“What if we knocked down the wall that separates the kitchen and family room?”

This has been talked about for years, but with everything out, now was the time.

After a ton of research and a visit to my neighbours house (same house with an opening)  I gathered up the courage and started cutting away.

I knifed in the outline, then cut the large piece into sections for easy removal.

In hindsight, I should have just bought the dremel multimax first. The cut would have been much cleaner.

See what I mean?  the knife blade did not penetrate all the way through the drywall. So instead of coming off as even sheets, it came of as chunks.

So that was the easy part. The new structure that had to replace the 2×4 verticals supporting the roof was the tough part.

The open concept brought light into the dimly lit family room and front foyer.


February 13th, 2012

Renos | Derailed

The handrail placed between the support column and wall was a decorative touch to make the column less obvious that it was in the middle of things.

I’m guessing the original plan was to have a large opening from the front foyer to the family room. Due to the span, a support column had to be placed in order for the joists to support the second floor/roof.

Removing the handrail opened that small space up, I also didn’t have to re-stain it to match the hardwood.

February 12th, 2012

Renos | Carpet to subfloor in 3 days.

The beginning of August was crunch time.

The rest of the main floor’s carpets had to go, and the subfloor needed to be fastened down to the joists with screws.

It wasn’t pretty, but necessary.

A quick look into the family room before things get torn out.

Renovating an empty house is one thing… a house like ours… different story.

Done. I have a box of 5000 flooring screws to put down.

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